random iteration in Python

You can use random.shuffle() to, well, shuffle a list:

import random

r = list(range(1000))
for i in r:
  # do something with i

By the way, in many cases where you’d use a for loop over a range of integers in other programming languages, you can directly describe the “thing” you want to iterate in Python.
For example, if you want to use the values of i to access elements of a list, you should better shuffle the list directly:

lst = [1970, 1991, 2012]
for x in lst:
  print x

NOTE: You should bear the following warning in mind when using random.shuffle() (taken from the docs:

Note that for even rather small len(x), the total number of
permutations of x is larger than the period of most random number
generators; this implies that most permutations of a long sequence can
never be generated.

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